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Green off to a flyer

IN FRONT: Josh Green in action at the Queensland Enduro Championships. Picture: Troy PearsSTROUD’SJosh Green made a winning start to 450cc racing return at the Queensland Enduro Championships.

The Yamaharider, undefeated intheAustralian Off-Road Championships 250cc class last year, won the first round of the Queensland titleson the weekend. KurriKurri’s Beau Ralston (Yamaha) was second.

Green’s win was 28 seconds clear of Ralston (WR480F).

The duo split special test wins on day one taking four wins each in a tight days racing but it was Green who stormed home on day two with six special test wins from the eight contested to take an impressive first up win for the WR450F.

“It was good to get a race under my belt and get the season under way,” Green said.

“We have done some testing over the off-season on the new bike, but there is nothing like trying it out in race conditions, and we were able to do that over the weekend.

“The bike handled the conditions perfectly and apart from me crashing it a couple of times, it was a super smooth run. I thought stepping back up to the E2 class might take me some time to get used to the extra power but I felt right at home and we were able to put a good weekend together and finish with a team 1-2.”

Ralston made a strong start to his 2016 campaign and took the challenge right up to Green. He won the opening two special tests of day one and made Green work super hard for his win. Over the two days and 90 minutes of racing, only 28 seconds separated the pair in what were hot and dusty conditions.

“The weekend went well and the big WR did a great job,” Ralston said.

“There is a lot of power to control with an E3 capacity bike but because of the smooth delivery, it doesn’t feel that way out on the trial. It’s a really easy bike to ride.

“The team have done a great job preparing the bike and its great fun to ride so I look forward to racing it throughout the 2016 season.”

The team are now in full swing with final preparations being made for the start of the AORC, which begins on March 19-20 in Queensland.

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